Breaking a Folkway
On Saturday, a friend and I went into the Great Mall in Olathe to break a few folkways (even thoght I was told not to do it with strangers, I did it anyway). When we first got there, we talked about what we should do and how to do it. The first thing we planned to do was to go to the GameStop store, and wait for people to look at games. I had planned to approach someone who was looking at a new release and proceed to tell him the ending of it, whether or not it was the actual ending of the game. Few people came in the store and none of them looked at the video game section but the consoles section. It wasn’t long before we left GameStop and moved on to Burlington Coat Factory, so I could give people my “expertise opinion” on what they should or should not buy. There was no one in the clothing department that didn’t look intimidating so we continued through the store. Eventually we left Burlington and went to Claire’s Accessories. At Claire’s Accessories, I decided that I would ask people if I could buy something they were wearing. Claire’s Accessories, like the rest of the mall, was nearly deserted, but I did find the perfect opportunity and took it. I approached a lady, she looked like she mas maybe in her middle 50’s or so, and commented on how pretty I thought her earrings were. She instinctively reached up to feel them to figure out which pair she was wearing. Before I even had the chance to ask her where she bought them, she began to ramble on about the various stores where she buys her jewelry. Finally, she came to the conclusion that it was either Sears or JCPenny. She then asked me if I’d seen the earrings they had on display at Claire’s Accessories. I chuckled and then surprised her by asking if I could buy the ones she was wearing. Immediately she began to laugh hysterically. She turned around walk outside the store because she was laughing so hard. Then she walked back in and asked me if I was joking. I...
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